In a recent development, Australia women’s team skipper Meg Lanning will reportedly skip the upcoming season of Women’s Big Bash League that starts next month. Earlier today, the Australian daily Sydney Morning Herald reported that Lanning will not just give the WBBL a skip but may end up retiring during her time away from cricket altogether.
Days after Lanning led world champion Australia to a gold medal at the CWG 2022 in Birmingham, the decorated captain announced her decision to “step back” and “spend time focusing on myself” and is currently on an indefinite break.
Meg Lanning led Australia to World Cup victory earlier this year
Lanning made her international debut back in 2010 and has since won two ODI World Cups and four T20 World Cups. As captain, she led Australia to an ODI World Cup title win earlier this year while also winning and then retaining the T20 WC in 2018 and 2020 respectively.
The Australian team management is, however, giving Lanning as much time as she needs and will start the conversation about her future ‘when the time is right’.
Australia Women’s cricket team is slated to tour India later this year
“Meg is having a break from the game and we are giving her that space. When the time is right we’ll have those conversations about whether she is back in December or whenever it might be,” Shelley Nitschke, who succeeded Mott in the role, had said earlier this month.
Australia’s next international assignment is the tour of India in December this year where they will play in a five-match bilateral series. And then they will host Pakistan in January before gearing up to defend their title at the T20 World Cup in February.